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of light and flame. >> one would have found, in the major cities of the mediterranean basin, a cult of the egyptian gods. egyptian cults would have included, probably, isis as the ascendant deity. isis was perceived by her devotees as being remarkably attentive. isis would respond to you when you were in trouble. she would answer your prayers. she had that reputation. one of the most important representations of isis is what we call the "isis lactans"; that's isis suckling her offspring at her breast. this is a kind of iconography that appears to have been terribly determinative in the early iconography of mary and jesus. >> narrator: worshippers of the age-old persian god mithras gathered in secret chapels throughout the empire. they would eat sacred meals together and celebrate their god's birthday on december 25. >> the egyptian cult and mithraism were two of the great religious movements of the time and certainly would have posed some of the most difficult competition for christianity. >> most people who study the origins of christianity are curious about how this unlikely movem
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